Mike McKay Comments on Recent Administration Call for Resignations of 46 Federal Prosecutors (New York Times & MSNBC)
Mike McKay, McKay Chadwell co-founder and former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, was asked by the New York Times and MSNBC to comment on the Trump Administration’s recent call for the resignations of 46 federal prosecutors.
When asked by the New York Times about his experience under George H.W. Bush, McKay recalled that even though he had already made plans to leave, he nevertheless stayed on for about three weeks beyond a request by then-Attorney General Janet Reno for all of the holdover prosecutors to resign. He also recalled at least one colleague who was in the midst of a major investigation and was kept on to finish it.
“I’m confident it wasn’t on the same day,” he said, adding: “While there was a wholesale ‘Good to see you, thanks for your service, and now please leave,’ people were kept on a case-by-case basis depending on the situation.”
During his interview with MSNBC, McKay commented that the recent call for resignations may have been "a little rough and a little abrupt…[but] Mr. Fishman, and Mr. Bharara, and others should have been ready for this when the election results were announced in November."